Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Thursday, July 18

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


I've often wondered what the Chicago Botanic Gardens would be like in the winter. How sparse does the place look? How stark is it compared to the lush greenery of nature in full swing in the warm months?

Well, what better way to find out than to visit the Gardens in the winter and take photos.

It was cold, windy and if I had to summarize the excursion and what I saw, I'd say, "It was like seeing a theme park gone bad." Or I'd say, "It's like the behind-the-scenes of the beauty."

Despite those two statements, it was actually remarkably stunning in its own quiet and desolate way. I have proof.

- NH

» Click here to view this photo essay


About the Author(s)

Naz Hamid is creative director of Gapers Block. His personal and professional work accumulates at

GB store

Recently on Detour

A Tragic Day in Chicago
While most people see the weekend after Thanksgiving as a time to begin preparations for the December holiday season, this time of year is a painful reminder to some as the anniversary of one of Chicago's deadliest fires. Ninety-two students...

The Social Life of Our Urban Spaces
"Placemaking" comes to Chicago

Don't '&' Me, OK?
The ampersand gets Wenner thinking about the distinction between race and ethnicity.

Photo Essay: Transitions
Rearview contributers interpret the theme "Transitions."

People from the Rearview Archive
Gapers Block digs into the Rearview archive in search of portraits.

View the complete archive

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15